Melrose Mansion

L. Pugh & Associates fire protection systems

Technologies / Notable Features

  • Dry pipe suppression Underground piping Wet pipe suppression
  • Fire alarm system expansion Fire alarm system inter-connection


Key Information

  • Dates of Work: 9/97-6/98
  • U.S. Department of the Interior



  • 1-Project Manager
  • 2-Underground pipe installers
  • 1-Designer
  • 1-Field Supervisor
  • 3-Piping Installers (Fitter and helpers)



L. Pugh & Associates was retained to assist in the design/build and install of fire suppression systems for the Melrose Mansion, Natchez, MS. Suppression systems were designed and installed for this historic two-story building with a basement and full attic space. The systems had to be incorporated into this historic building with careful aesthetic consideration and with concern for protecting the historical artifacts and furnishings that were in place. Further, the existing fire alarm system had to be reworked and expanded to accommodate additional detection, pull stations and the new fire sprinkler system monitoring.



The design approach to this facility took an enormous amount of survey and coordination. Detail to routing for concealment was of considerable concern. Through careful planning, the final design accomplished these requirements.



The construction of these systems involved careful draping and covering of furnishings and artifacts, removal and replacement of wood ceilings, immaculate daily cleanups, layout and planning of penetrations installing piping, installing equipment, installing fire alarm devices and control panels, bracing the system, testing the piping, testing fire alarm and controls, testing, and testing the water supply components. The ceilings were accessed with careful considerations and planning so as to maintain the building in its original condition. The project manager was responsible for insuring compliance with the design concept, the shop drawing preparation including necessary survey work, submittals, insuring quality control, all ordering of materials, scheduling installers, and coordinating all work with the job superintendent. The lead fitter was responsible for reporting daily progress to the project manager. The project manager would provide regular inspections of the work as well as technical guidance for any changes.


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